Art Opening Reception: Silence

Giorgio de Chirico, Melancholia, 1916.
Giorgio de Chirico, Melancholia, 1916. The Menil Collection, Houston. Photo by Hickey-Robertson Courtesy of The Menil Collection, Houston

Inspired by John Cage's 1952 composition 4'33" and the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth, Silence, co-organized by the Menil Collection and the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA), offers an exploration of the exhibition's subject.

Ranging from uncanny to incantatory to experiential, the broad range of works on view in the exhibition are not all without sound, but all reflect the many ways in which artists invoke silence to shape space and consciousness.

Beginning with forebears Giorgio de Chirico and René Magritte, the exhibition advances to a number of artists who came of age in the 1950s and '60s, including Robert Rauschenberg and Ad Reinhardt, and such European contemporaries as Josef Beuys (The Silence of Marcel Duchamp is Overrated) and Yves Klein (Untitled, Monogold).

On view through Oct. 21.

Event Details


7.26.12 | 7:00 pm


1533 Sul Ross St.
Houston, TX 77006


Ticket Info

Admission is free.